I’ve thought about this quite a lot and I think the “Holy” men have it wrong. They stand in their churches or synagogues (or their corners of the sidewalk) claiming to have the knowledge of all God’s creation. Some claiming that the very souls of their listeners will be saved if they will but come forward and repent of their sins. Saved from what? Why Satan and the fiery pit of hell, of course.
Further, they will be rewarded by “eternal life” in “heaven” a place where the streets are paved with gold and everyone, if they are good, becomes an angel and sits around playing harps all day. I can only assume the music lessons will be free since I don’t know that many people who already know how to play the harp. Even the tone deaf should be fine with this since they will have all of eternity to learn. I’m speaking, of course, of the religions of most of the western civilized world. I’m not real familiar with the exotic eastern religions.
Now, stop me if I’m wrong, but if you point at the sky, any where in the sky, indicating heaven, aren’t you actually pointing at the universe? I mean, scientists have sorta figured out that there are actually billions upon billions of stars and planets “up there.” But no one, as of now, has spotted any streets paved with gold or angels sitting around playing harps.
It also occurs to me that with all the deep drilling and exploration of the earth’s subterranean depths, someone, somewhere should have noticed Satan, Actually, I think he would be one pissed-off dude for being disturbed by all that noisy shit coming from top side if he were down there. If he is as bad a dude as he’s made out to be, he would have already kicked someone’s ass for doing that.
I’m not trying to make light of Pastors, Priests and Rabbis preaching, well, then again maybe I am a little, but I will say that the typical Sunday School story, with all its embellishments, from the pulpit is just a little too thin for me. Further I will not believe that an omnipotent God, the creator of this universe, could ever be explained by mere mortals in such simplistic terms. It’s just the height of human arrogance to think otherwise.
In writing this I’m not being blasphemous in the least, To the contrary, I do fully and whole-heartedly acknowledge the existence and presence of God in and of this life. I do not acknowledge the “Holiness” of those guys who dress up in their various costumes and hats preach the gospel. Many of them make large salaries for working less hours than most part-time jobs in the rest of the world. Of course they want to be seen as “Holy Men,” otherwise they’re out of work.